Sky Broadband – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 06:03:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.observingthesky.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/observing-the-sky-icon-150x150.png Sky Broadband – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ 32 32 Alexandro Bernabei joins Celtic for £3.75m | Transfer Center News https://www.observingthesky.org/alexandro-bernabei-joins-celtic-for-3-75m-transfer-center-news/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 23:55:36 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/alexandro-bernabei-joins-celtic-for-3-75m-transfer-center-news/

Celtic have signed Argentina left-back Alexandro Bernabei on a five-year contract.

The 21-year-old joins Scottish champions Lanus in his country’s Premier League for a fee of £3.75million.

The Argentina U23 international is relishing the chance to fulfill his dream of playing in Europe.

“I’m very happy to be here and I’m grateful to the club for giving me this opportunity,” he told Celtic TV.

“I’m proud to play in Europe because it was one of my dreams and I’m excited to train and play with my new team-mates.

“The stadium is just amazing. The people, the club, the teammates and the technical staff are all amazing.

“I’m very excited and happy and can’t wait to play in the Champions League. I’ve heard people are crazy so I can’t wait to get that feeling and that emotion at Celtic Park.”

Bernabei will become the first Argentine player to play for Celtic.

“I spoke to the manager and he said he believed in me and my quality and that I could adapt quickly to the team,” he said of his conversations with boss Ange. Postecoglou.

“It’s my first time to Scotland and Glasgow and I’ve seen the city on the internet and it looks very nice so I’m glad to hear more.

“The goal is to become champions and we want to achieve great things as a club and I would like to achieve all of our goals this year.”

Bernabei is the second new face to arrive at Celtic Park this summer after signing the goalkeeper Benjamin Siegristwhile the defender Cameron Carter Vickers, who shone on loan last season, joined Tottenham permanently. Daizen Maeda Yokohama F. Marinos’ move also became permanent.

Sounds like a clever piece of scouting by Celtic

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Siegrist spent four seasons at Tannadice


South American football expert Tim Vickery on Lanus left-back Alexandro Bernabei:

“They obviously look at Argentina left-backs, they looked at Velez Sarsfield’s Francisco Ortega, they are fast young centre-backs.

“I haven’t seen Bernabei for a while, but what’s interesting about him is that the first time I looked at him he was playing higher up the pitch as a left winger.

“He has this ability to get into the penalty area and score goals. Nice left foot, good from set pieces, fast, interesting.

“And again you wonder if he’s going to get knocked down physically, but that seems like a smart scouting piece to me because I’m a sucker for a left foot, it opens up the field so much if you have someone with a good left foot like him.”

Celtic fixtures 2022/23: Aberdeen test first on Sky Sports

Celtic begin their Scottish Premiership title defense at home to Aberdeen, live on Sky Sports, with the first Old Firm clash not scheduled until September.

The champions of Ange Postecoglou kick off in front of the Sky cameras at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday July 31.

Their first meeting with Rangers will be at Celtic Park on September 3, and Celtic will start 2023 with a visit to Ibrox on January 2, before hosting their biggest rivals again on April 8 in their third final game before the split.

Celtic’s last game before the month-long World Cup break will be at home in Ross County on November 12, and they will return to action with a trip to Aberdeen on December 17.

Christmas Eve brings a home game against St Johnstone, and the Postecoglou side finish before the split with a trip to newly-promoted Kilmarnock on April 15, before hosting Motherwell a week later on April 22.

Follow the summer transfer window with Sky Sports

Who will be on the road this summer before the transfer window closes in 11 p.m. on September 1?

Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumors in our dedicated Transfer Hub blog at Sky Sports’ digital platforms. You can also catch up on the ins, outs and analysis at Sky Sports News.

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Monkeypox: a fashion blogger documents his infection on social networks | world news https://www.observingthesky.org/monkeypox-a-fashion-blogger-documents-his-infection-on-social-networks-world-news/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 01:30:47 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/monkeypox-a-fashion-blogger-documents-his-infection-on-social-networks-world-news/

Italian fashion content producer Maxim Sapozhnikov spoke to Sky News about monkeypox. He updated his 160,000 Instagram followers on testing positive for the disease.

Mr Sapozhnikov said it doesn’t matter where people get monkeypox from, it just matters that they need help as he talks about feeling scared and confused.

“Honestly I’m exhausted and not feeling well, I have a bit of a fever. I did my COVID test so I’m COVID free, but yeah… just tired I don’t know what happened,” Maxim Sapozhnikov said on his TikTok video.

A day after posting this video, Mr. Sapozhnikov began to find lesions on his body.

He lowers his phone’s camera to his hand and points the lens at a boil on his finger.

The Italian fashion content producer adds: “I noticed that I – I don’t know if you can see it – but I have this pimple that it’s strange that it appears in this part of the body, and also here: I also have something here.”

After speaking to his doctor, Maxim was encouraged to go to his local hospital in Milan for tests.

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Monkeypox is a viral disease that occurs mainly in central and western Africa

The Fashiontomax CEO and creative director is recording his medical journey for his social media followers. It shows Mr. Saphozhnikov in a secluded hospital bay. A health worker dressed head to toe in PPE can be seen taking swabs from his lesions.

Mr Saphoznikov first felt unwell on June 19. Twenty-four hours later, he had a fever that lasted two days. On June 21, he noticed two smallpox-like lesions: one on his finger and one on his chest. That same evening, he went to the emergency department of his local hospital for tests. He received the results on June 23, four days after his first illness.

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He posted the confirmation of the test results on social media.

“I have bad news,” he said.

“I have Monkeypox. As you see it’s over here and over here and other places and honestly I can’t believe this is happening to me and I’m one of 3,000 people in the world who ‘have officially received first.

Mr Saphoznikov says the confirmation of the test results left him scared and confused. He says public health messaging around the monkeypox outbreak has been poor. And that’s why he started researching the disease on the web.

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Dr Ryan said there are “thousands and thousands of cases of monkeypox every year in Africa, and there are deaths every year”.

“I went on the internet and saw these terrible pictures of people with injuries and for me it was really scary and also I’m alone and I don’t know who I can share this with too so I felt a little lonely and I didn’t know what to do in this situation.”

At first, Maxim was unsure about going public with his story because he was afraid of the stigma associated with the virus. His friends warned him against this saying he would become famous for “being the monkeypox man” and it would destroy his career.

But he overcame those fears and decided to post his story on social media to help inform others who might be worried about contracting the infectious disease.

He told Sky News: “There shouldn’t be any embarrassment, there shouldn’t be any stigma, no matter where that person got the disease, no matter the reason for that disease.

“It’s important that the person is sick and needs help and if the person is going to be alone and doesn’t know how to get help then it’s going to be worse for that.”

The World Health Organization says it is deeply concerned about the rise in the number of cases in Europe.

And this spike is putting pressure on sexual health clinics in Britain. These centers are often the first to come into contact with cases of monkeypox because it can present as a sexually transmitted infection.

The Association of Public Health Directors warns the pressure will mean people will suffer unnecessarily and their STIs will take longer to be treated.

ADPH President Jim McManus said: “I am concerned that sexual health clinics in some parts of the country may not be able to get people to appointments on time and this will lead to the spread of infection, not just monkeypox, but obviously things like syphilis, HIV and other things.

“And at the same time, we will have people suffering unnecessarily from infections that may become more resistant to treatment.”

Maxim Sapozhnikov has been told he needs to self-isolate until his lesions dry out, but how long that takes can vary from person to person depending on their immune system’s response to the virus. It’s usually around two weeks.

The World Health Organization has refrained from declaring this outbreak of monkeypox an international public health emergency. But if cases continue to rise, that may need to change.

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4K Set Top Box Market: Segmented: By Product Type, By https://www.observingthesky.org/4k-set-top-box-market-segmented-by-product-type-by/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 13:37:27 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/4k-set-top-box-market-segmented-by-product-type-by/

New York, June 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the publication of the report “4K Set-top Box Market: Segmented: By Product Type, By Application, and By Region – Global Size, Share and Trends Analysis for 2019-2021 and forecast to 2031″ – https://www.reportlinker.com/p06288827/?utm_source=GNW
This has led to fierce competition among set-top box vendors. A live digital video recording (DVR) system is a stand-alone set-top box that allows viewers to upload and record programs. Consumers can purchase set-top boxes from subscription N service providers in addition to DVRs. DISH Network, a US-based television provider, has included artificial intelligence (AI) in its new set-top boxes to enable recording capabilities. Companies are combining features like voice control with technologies like natural language processing (NIP) to make it easier to find channels and shows.

Market Highlights
The 4K set-top box market is expected to project a notable CAGR of 5.2% in 2031.

Factors such as the growing emphasis on crystal-clear broadcast quality and the desire to fully utilize the capabilities of 4K TVs have contributed to the gradual entry of 4K set-top boxes into the niche economy class. Modern customers are expected to shift their preferences from standard and high definition (HD) STB consoles to 4K STB consoles as the need for high quality home entertainment increases.

Global 4K set-top box market: segments
Satellite Set Top Box Segment Expected to Grow with Highest CAGR in 2021-31

On the basis of product type, the global 4K set-top box market is fragmented into satellite set-top boxes, cable set-top boxes, hybrid set-top boxes, IPTV/OTT set-top boxes (internet protocol television/over-the-top) and others (DTT (Direct Terrestrial Transmission ), etc.). The satellite segment is growing as more and more people are looking for high quality shows and mechanisms to record shows to watch later. Television is one of the most important aspects of the setup box industry, and the ability of the setup box to record shows is driving the market growth. Viewers will be able to record it in real time and watch it afterwards.

Residential Segment Expected to Grow with Highest CAGR in 2021-31

The global 4K set-top box market is classified on the basis of application into commercial and residential. The occupant makes considerable use of the decoder and television. In 2017, the residential segment took the largest share of the market, with significant market value. The residential category is expected to outperform the commercial segment over the projection period. Moreover, as the population increases, the demand for 4K set-top boxes also increases, which impacts the growth of the segment.

Market dynamics
Drivers
The growing penetration of smart TV and the progress of the digital broadcasting industry

The growing popularity of smart TVs, along with rapid improvements in the digital broadcasting industry, are expected to drive the demand for set-top boxes worldwide. For a competitive edge in the industry, major companies have been forced to create OTT-based set-top boxes due to the growing popularity of internet-based entertainment and OTT platforms. The set-top box market demand is expected to be fueled by increasing urbanization, digitalization, and economic development in developing economies.

Increased demand for high definition video quality

As the popularity of social media platforms increases among consumers, so does the need for high definition video. The set-top box market is propelled by the low cost of TVs and budget internet set-top boxes. The market has been driven to include innovative features in set-top boxes due to the desire for video quality and the expansion of technology.

Detention
The multiplication of OTT Platforms and Easy Subscription to Services

The growing popularity of online streaming sites, along with the ease of subscribing to these services at low prices, is limiting the growth of the industry. The set-top box market is limited by OTT services that provide live streaming of entertainment and sports using modern technologies. Future market growth is hampered by video quality and price from over-the-top vendors. Major market players should pay close attention to market factors.

Global 4K Set-top Box Market: Key Players
Technicolor AG
Company overview, business strategy, key product offerings, financial performance, key performance indicators, risk analysis, recent development, regional presence, SWOT analysis

Roku, Inc.
Infomir Group
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Humax Co., Ltd.
DISH Network Corporation
Tata Sky
ZTE
EchoStar
Other top players

Global 4K Set-top Box Market: Regions
The global 4K set-top box market is segmented on the basis of regional analysis into five major regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa. With the implementation of current technology, North America will have the largest market share. Due to fierce competition between regional internet service providers, the region is experiencing higher internet speeds. The increasing number of digitization projects has increased the demand for advanced decoders. Improvements in government policies aimed at assisting the media sector, along with an increase in the number of pay-TV subscribers in the region, are expected to propel the market forward during the projection period.

Impact of COVID-19 on the 4K Set Top Box Market
The unexpected shutdown of all economic operations around the world has had a significant impact on the entertainment industry, as it has prevented the airing of new episodes. The problem has prompted a large number of people in developing and developed countries to use OTT platforms to access new entertainment content and video on demand.

The global 4K set-top box market is further segmented by region into:

North America Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, YOY Growth, CAGR – US & Canada
Latin America Market size, share, trends, opportunities, annual growth, CAGR – Mexico, Brazil and rest of Latin America
European Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, YoY Growth, CAGR – UK, France, Germany, Italy, Russia & Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, YoY Growth, CAGR – India, China, South Korea, Japan and Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East & Africa Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, YoY Growth, CAGR – Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa & Rest of Middle East & Africa
The Global 4K Set-top Box Market Report Also Contains Analysis of:

4K STB Market Segments:

By product type
Satellite decoders
Cable boxes
Hybrid decoders
IPTV/OTT (Internet Protocol Television/Over-the-Top) set-top boxes
Others (TNT (Direct Terrestrial Transmission), etc.)
By app
Residential
Commercial
4K set-top box market dynamics
4K set-top box market size
Offer and demand
Current trends/issues/challenges
Competition and companies involved in the market
Market value chain
Market drivers and restraints
Scope and segmentation of the 4K Set Top Box Market report

Report attribute details
Market size value in 2021 USD 5.7 billion
2031 revenue forecast $9.4 billion
CAGR growth rate of 5.2% from 2021 to 2031
Base year for the estimate 2020
Quantitative Units Revenue in Million USD and CAGR from 2021 to 2031
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Business Ranking, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors and Trends
Segments Covered Product Type, Application and Region
Regional scope North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa (MEA)
Major companies featured Technicolor SA, Roku, Inc., Infomir Group, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Humax Co., Ltd., DISH Network Corporation, Tata Sky and other prominent players.
Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p06288827/?utm_source=GNW

About Reportlinker
ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need – instantly, in one place.

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Voice notes are the devil. There, I said it. They are the scourge of WhatsApp, once a perfectly good instant messaging platform, now marred by the menacing possibility of having to listen to someone who is more of a vague acquaintance than a close friend explaining the ins and outs of whether their roommate likes them or not. not, without interruption, for nine whole minutes.

I realize this could be a polarizing sight, and I would like to take this opportunity to reassure my friends and loved ones that I am happy to know you and to be connected with you, and I care what you have to say. But I’m asking you – no, I’m begging you: please don’t deliver your thoughts in the form of a voice note.

My heart sinks when I see a voice note coming, and if it’s longer than a minute, then bitter experience dictates I’m probably not going to play it. This will become yet another thing on my to-do list, an unwelcome new obligation that seems oddly daunting, and certainly wouldn’t have been if the sender had just typed in what he wanted to tell me.

Even the courts are a minefield. At 19 seconds, does the voice note say “sure, I’ll be there?” or does he say “I hate you”? Please spare my level of anxiety and use the dictation feature instead.

Voice notes are akin to the traditional phone call, and that’s part of why I despise them, because I hate the chest-clenching, heart-pounding anxiety of being on the phone – whether it’s to someone one I am close to or a stranger trying to sell me Sky broadband. They have the edge over phone calls in some ways (you can pause and come back to them, or put off listening to them indefinitely), but they’re also worse, because it feels less like a reciprocal experience.

Perhaps it’s a kind of latent puritanism that rears its ugly head, but sends out a vocal note when you don’t need to feel some complacency. It seems oddly extravagant to me, like doing your weekly shopping at Whole Foods or having some sort of elaborate skincare routine.

A question that desperately needs to be asked here is: who are these people, these monsters, who thinks it’s okay to send podcast-length voice notes? Do they believe that the rest of us have unlimited time? Unlimited patience? That we wouldn’t rather listen to music and quietly reading their last missive instead?

Perhaps the sender of the voice note suffers from main character syndrome, or is working under the illusion that his life is one long and endlessly fascinating Sally Rooney novel. I don’t mean to generalize, but voice note senders have a certain amount of self-confidence, they’re totally out of phase with the sound of their own soft tones, and I’m pretty sure they’re not really too busy to use their thumbs and type.

I see you, sending out your voice notes, sweeping the sidewalk in a long dress, followed by an explosion of Le Labo’s Santal 33, trilling observations into your overturned phone.

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And let’s face it, voice notes always come at the most inopportune times. I’m sure at least some of you know the horror of accidentally opening one in the office or on public transport, when the headphones aren’t plugged in.

I want to ingest my information quickly and concisely on WhatsApp, which means being able to summarize a message visually. Your voice note denies it to me.

Of course, for some people and in some situations, voice notes are much more accessible and convenient. Sometimes they are, I reluctantly admit, necessary. But that’s the exception, not the rule. I’m also aware that some people find them intimate or romantic – and that’s fine, if that’s your thing. But keep your weird, breathless recordings away from me.

If you prefer to communicate with me entirely in the form of gifs and emojis, I welcome that. Stop with the voice notes, for God’s sake.

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY AND COMCAST PARTNER TO KEEP KIDS CONNECTED DURING SUMMER VACATION https://www.observingthesky.org/boys-and-girls-clubs-of-snohomish-county-and-comcast-partner-to-keep-kids-connected-during-summer-vacation/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/boys-and-girls-clubs-of-snohomish-county-and-comcast-partner-to-keep-kids-connected-during-summer-vacation/

Comcast is investing $150,000 to close the digital adoption gap in Snohomish County with the donation of more than 400 computers to Boys and Girls Clubs

Everett, Wash –News Direct– Comcast Washington

Comcast Washington and Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County today announced that Comcast is donating more than 400 computers to Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, valued at more than $100,000, along with a $50,000 donation to support the construction of a full-service computer lab at Boys and Girls Clubs’ Alderwood Club. The contribution is part of a long partnership between the two organizations and will help young people in Snohomish County stay connected during the summer holidays. Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin participated in a surprise donation ceremony for young people today at the Boys and Girls Club of South Everett.

Young people lose up to 40% of their knowledge during summer vacation, study finds American Association for Research in Education. Many students also lack access to a computer and connectivity at home, which can further disconnect them from the technology needed to stay connected during the break. In Washington, 20% of fourth-graders and 10% of eighth-graders do not have access to the Internet or a computer at home, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics.

“Our boys and girls have to return their devices to their school at the end of the school year every June and for many this leaves them without a device for the summer holidays. This limits their connectivity and their ability to continue their studies “said Marci Volmer. , COO – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County “These computers from Comcast will help young people in Snohomish County stay connected year-round.”

The donation is the result of an ongoing partnership with Comcast and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. Since 2019, Comcast has created more than 10 “Lift Zones” with free high-speed WiFi for the organization and has donated several hundred thousand dollars to the county.

“We want to thank the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County for helping us bring devices and better connectivity to youth in Snohomish County,” said Rodrigo Lopez, senior vice president of region, Comcast Washington. “This cause and supporting the local community is especially important to us because our regional office is in Everett.”

Most of the 400 laptops donated by Comcast will be distributed to boys and girls so they can stay connected at home during the summer vacations at home. The remaining computers will be distributed to 10 Snohomish County Boys and Girls Clubs in Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville and Mukilteo, which are already equipped with free Internet access from Comcast as part of the zone. lift from Comcast. initiative.

Lift Zones help connect disadvantaged families to the internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy by providing free high-speed Wi-Fi at community centers nationwide. Working with cities, community organizations and local nonprofit partners, Comcast has now installed free Wi-Fi in more than 90 community centers across Washington State.

This effort is part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach tens of millions of people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources and skills needed to succeed in a digital world. Project UP is Comcast’s enterprise-wide initiative to advance digital equityincluding Internet Essentialsthe nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program.

Since 2011, Internet Essentials has connected a cumulative total of more than 56,000 low-income Snohomish County residents to high-speed home Internet, the overwhelming majority of whom were previously unregistered. The comprehensive design of Internet Essentials addresses three significant barriers to broadband adoption. This includes access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in person; the ability to purchase a low-cost, heavily subsidized Internet-ready computer; and low-cost high-speed Internet service for $9.95 per month, plus tax.

For more information about Internet Essentials and Comcast’s commitment to education and digital equity, please visit https://corporate.comcast.com/education. To apply, go to www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. For more information on Comcast’s Comprehensive Connectivity Program for Low-Income Americans, visit https://corporate.comcast.com/values/internet-essentials

Comcast is also proud to participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households with a credit of up to $30/month for Internet and mobile services. For more information, visit https://www.xfinity.com/learn/internet-service/acp

About Snohomish County Boys and Girls Clubs

Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County is a non-profit organization that provides young people ages 5-18 with a safe and positive place to spend their time before and after school and during the summer. Clubs are strategically located in neighborhoods and are accessible to all children. Since 1946, Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County has been helping young people, especially those who need us most, reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. To learn more, please visit our website: https://bgcsc.org/

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people in the moments that matter. We are primarily focused on connectivity, aggregation and streaming with 57 million customer relationships in the US and Europe. We provide broadband, wireless and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and broadcast premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News and Sky Sports; and deliver memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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The Sun Squeeze team have saved these readers over £3,000 with simple cost of living hacks to help lower your bills. https://www.observingthesky.org/the-sun-squeeze-team-have-saved-these-readers-over-3000-with-simple-cost-of-living-hacks-to-help-lower-your-bills/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/the-sun-squeeze-team-have-saved-these-readers-over-3000-with-simple-cost-of-living-hacks-to-help-lower-your-bills/

EVERYONE is feeling the pinch with the cost of gas, groceries, energy bills and skyrocketing interest rates.

But help is at hand with The Sun’s Squeeze team – our panel of experts who know how to cut your bills.

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We’ve brought together the best financial minds in the country to share insider tips to help you stay afloat in the worsening cost of living crisis.

Today, they tackle real problems for two families.

The Garcia Lopez family

THE Garcia-Lopez family have had to borrow £4,000 on a credit card and loan because their annual income of £29,000 is not enough to cover the bills.

Part-time nanny Michelle, 37, and her sound engineer husband John, 34, are spending £1,400 a month on rent for the two-bedroom flat they live in with their six-year-old son Thomas and daughter of Michelle, Izzy, 15, in South West London.

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The Garcia-Lopez family have had to borrow £4,000 on a credit card and loan as the income is not enough to cover the bills

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The Garcia-Lopez family have had to borrow £4,000 on a credit card and loan as the income is not enough to cover the billsCredit: Darren Fletcher

After tax, national insurance and housing costs, they are left with just £533 a month, or £122 a week, for all their other bills and food.

They used £4,300 in savings just to try to stay afloat and they have £500 left.

Michelle says: “Before our kitchen cupboards were full to bursting, but our £80 weekly grocery budget is buying less and less.

“During lockdown John had virtually no work, my childcare was cut off and we used our savings just to keep our small apartment and eat. We no longer have a car so we are limited to shopping at our local Tesco.

Michelle, John and Izzy’s mobile phone bills are £100 a month as they have unlimited data to video call Michelle’s family in the Philippines and John’s relatives in Colombia.

Energy costs £80 per month. They spend £40 a month on a Virgin broadband and TV package and £80 a month on home contents and gadget insurance.

They also pay Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and Spotify Premium for a total of around £384 per year.

They spend around £120 a month in restaurants and their loan and credit card payments are around £180 a month.

Sun Savers editor Leah Milner said: ‘John and Michelle’s debt is likely to get worse unless they take drastic action. They should use the eligibility checker on MoneySavingExpert to see if they could qualify for a better loan rate.

“They can use the same tool to find out if they could get a zero percent balance transfer credit card. This could reduce their interest payments by around £240 a year.

“They currently do business with Nationwide and Barclays but could each earn a £170 welcome bonus if they both switch to HSBC. It’s an easy way to pocket £340.

The Sun’s consumer manager, Tara Evans, adds: “Not having a car doesn’t mean they can only shop at Tesco because Iceland offers free delivery.”

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Leah says, “They could use a nifty trick to get meals and two-for-one movie tickets for an entire year through Meerkat Movies and Meerkat Meals.

“They should each buy a cheap insurance policy from CompareTheMarket, like UK day trip insurance for a few pounds.

“It could halve the family’s annual bill for dining out from £1,440 to £720 and they could enjoy many trips to the cinema at half price.

“When their mobile plans with Three end, they can switch to another plan with much less data and make their video calls from home wifi.

“They could cut their total bill to £12 a month with Virgin Mobile for unlimited calls and 5GB of data.”

Richard Neudegg, Head of Regulatory at Uswitch, said: “Dropping one of their subscription services would save them around £96 a year.”

Jo Thornhill, money expert at comparison site MoneySuperMarket, said the family would save £96 a year at the end of their Virgin contract by switching to an 18-month Sky contract, which includes Sky TV, broadband and Netflix for £39 per month.

Holly Mead, Deputy Head of Consumer Affairs at The Sun, added: ‘It might be cheaper to add their gadgets to their main home insurance policy.

“They can also get £30 back if they sign up for TopCashback and click Confused.com before comparing costs and buying a new policy.”

Garcia-Lopez family

  • £340 bank bonuses
  • £720 dining out
  • £192 TV and Broadband
  • £30 insurance refund
  • Mobile contracts at £987
  • £240 credit card and loan interest

TOTAL SAVINGS: £2,509

Cassie Bishop

SINGLE mum-of-three Cassie Bishop, 35, from Cardiff, works six days a week at two different jobs but can’t sleep at night because of her bills.

She lives with her sons Kiel, 15, Kyron, 13, and Ryan, 10, in a two-bed flat.

Single mom Cassie Bishop works six days a week at two different jobs but can't sleep at night because she worries about her bills

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Single mom Cassie Bishop works six days a week at two different jobs but can’t sleep at night because she worries about her bills1 credit

Cassie says, “I feel really anxious. I just don’t know how I’m going to get to the next payday.

She typically brings home around £1,100 a month as a teaching assistant and an additional £120 a month working three hours a week as a relief carer.

Once the rent is removed from his Universal Credit, he is left with around £250. Her precarious finances have been hit even harder this month as her salary has fallen short by £300 and she is trying to find out why.

Cassie now worries she won’t be able to afford the used bike Kyron would like for his birthday in July.

Her broadband with TalkTalk has soared to £40 a month and she is struggling to cut food costs at Aldi.

She adds: “Boys eat so much. Then they have holes in their sneakers or tell me about a school trip and I think, “Oh my God.”

Cassie has prepaid energy meters with British Gas, paying around £100 a month in total, but is eligible for the £400 energy support grant.

She pays for a SIM-only phone at £25 a month with Three which has unlimited data.

MAKE ENDS MEET

Cassie has had to rely on a food bank in the past and may need to do so again.

A debt collection company is claiming around £3,000 in back taxes for council and water.

She says, “Every time I ask for help, I keep hitting brick walls.”

Cassie is far from alone. Almost half of workers surveyed by the GMB union say they have had to borrow money to make ends meet in the past six months.

But The Sun’s Squeeze team can help.

Jonathan Chesterman, of debt charity StepChange, says: “A debt counselor will be able to apply for the Breathing Space program which will give them 60 days, when their creditors cannot take enforcement action, to determine what she is able to do. Pay.”

He urged her to contact the StepChange helpline on 0800 138 1111 or via online chat. Regarding the shortfall in her salary, Sarah Coles, senior personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said a recent change in employers may have led Cassie to be placed under an emergency tax code.

She told him: ‘Check with your employer if this is the case then contact HMRC and request a tax code change.

Consumer expert Martyn James urged Cassie to contact her energy supplier, British Gas.

He said: “She should explain that she is struggling to pay her bills and ask what help is available.”

He also advised Cassie to seek help with her rent through the Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) program.

She needs to check on the Turn2us website to make sure she is not missing any benefits or grants.

Leah Milner adds: “Cassie could save a lot on her cell phone bill. If she can get by with 15GB, she could get a Plusnet deal for £8 a month plus £25 cashback on a prepaid card, saving £229 a year.

The Sun also put Cassie in touch with big-hearted Mike Jones, who runs a bike recycling scheme, Free Bikes 4 Kids, in Newport, South Wales. He hopes to find a birthday bike for Kyron.

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Cassie could also save £11.99 on her TV and broadband bill by switching to the same Sky contract that Jo Thornhill recommended to the Garcia-Lopez family.

And she could replace her £40-a-month pet insurance for French bulldog Hercules with a policy with Frank, costing less than £18 a month and saving Cassie £264 a year.

Cassie Bishop

  • Mobile plans at £229
  • £240 TV and Broadband
  • £264 pet insurance

TOTAL SAVINGS: £733

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Michelle Garcia-Lopez says: ‘Our kitchen cupboards were full… but our £80 weekly grocery budget is buying less and less’Credit: Darren Fletcher
Cassie Bishop says, “I feel really anxious.  I work six days a week and I just don't know how I'm gonna get to the next payday'

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The internet laughs at the similarities between Starfield and No Man’s Sky https://www.observingthesky.org/the-internet-laughs-at-the-similarities-between-starfield-and-no-mans-sky/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 22:23:52 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/the-internet-laughs-at-the-similarities-between-starfield-and-no-mans-sky/

It’s been almost a week since we got our first look at Starfield, Bethesda’s epic space RPG. It’s a title that would have topped my list of the 22 most anticipated Xbox games of 2022 if it hadn’t been delayed. Starfield will be an Xbox console exclusive, also launching on PC in the first half of 2023. As the title has been an Xbox proprietary game since Microsoft acquired Bethesda, Starfield will also launch on Game Pass on day one.

To close out the show at the Xbox Bethesda Game Showcase on June 12, Starfield got a fifteen-minute gameplay reveal. With over 1000 planets, many of which are procedurally generated, the game has drawn comparisons to No Man’s Sky. This has led to numerous tweets, memes and graphics to poke fun at the subject.

There were even sightings of Sean Murray!

Could this be the next big social media trend:

PC Gamer also got in on the action.

No Man’s Sky wasn’t the only game to draw comparisons to Starfield.

Despite the jokes, the framerate and graphics quality of the gameplay demo was a very hot topic on the internet.

Specifically, the scenes showing close-ups of NPCs drew a lot of criticism.

From the interview during the Xbox Bethesda Showcase Extended on June 14, we learned that there will be no seamless travel when landing and taking off from planets. This caused quite a stir online.

Even an indie game developer had fun.

And if that wasn’t enough for the Xbox subsidiary, fans compared Starfield to older games.

People were even talking about the trees

New York’s Hot 97 radio station’s HipHopGamer had some thoughts on this.

And after a shaky launch for Fallout 76 in 2018, some fans are worried.

But some might at least look at the lighter side of it all.

And other game journalists got in on the action.

There was also a lot of love for Starfield.

Digital Foundry called it a “next generation show”.

In the end, we have to remember that we just got our first look at Starfield. The game won’t be released until the first half of 2023, so follow the advice in this tweet.

The truth is, people will be talking about Starfield for years, even after launch. This is just the beginning and expect Bethesda to reveal a lot more about the game in the months to come.

Watch the Starfield gameplay reveal: